Empowerment. Resilience. Beauty.
I believe that art can heal, it can inspire, and it can provide advocacy for those who deserve a voice; the real life superheroes whose song is unsung. I believe that art can make a difference! Inspired by nature and humanity, I explore strength, emotion and movement through various mediums.
Born in Louisiana’s sleepy bayou country, I developed a deep love and respect for the natural environment and an appreciation for simple yet magical moments it creates. I realized that the relationship between human beings and the world that provides for them is sometimes delicate, sometimes chaotic, and sometimes beautiful. Growing up 'on the bayou' taught me how permeable the lines between those things could be. New Orleans has her own complicated relationship with nature, and since relocating here I've enjoyed exploring that intriguing dance along her streets.
My interest in the grace and beauty of age also began early on. As a young girl, I fell head over heels for New Orleans and what I thought of as the living patina of it all, her charm, her imperfections, and her grit that make every day interesting and inspiring. There is a haunting beauty in the gnarls of the live oak, in the resurrection fern peeping out of brickwork, and in the abandoned graffiti-laden building basking in the twilight. The influences of growing up in this area, along with admiration for the resilience of the human spirit is undeniably woven throughout my work.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words. Empowering. Emotional. Stories.
Describe yourself in one word. Evolving.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
There is a never ending supply of inspiration here.. the dancer like oaks that stretch out over the streets, the lovely marriage between human made objects and nature, the beautiful aging of the city and its structures, and the ever present flavor of the people who live here.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Excitement, patience, impatience, patience again, impatience again, and then exhalation.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Humanity, nature, and life's adventures.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Most likely one of the markets on Frenchmen St and on the rare day off.. exploration!
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Sunrise! I love the idea of the world waking up, and there is a certain 'feeling' that sunset cannot replace. Many of my photos are from this time of day. My favorite time of the year is Fall...when New Orleans is graced with it.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I'm a podcast and information junkie. Seriously, I need an intervention.
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Where You Can Find My Work
Art Garden Floating Gallery
Palace Art Market
M.Sani Art Gallery
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.